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Grocery Depot robbed; suspect arrested

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By The Staff

 A Williston man was arrested following last Thursday night’s robbery of the Grocery Depot (formerly Hitchcock’s).

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 Brian Hernandez of Williston was charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and burglary of a structure, according to Deputy Police Chief Clay Connolly.

The deputy chief said a single assailant, wielding a large butcher knife, hid in the bathroom until closing time and walked to the manager’s office where he surprised two employees who were handling the day’s receipts. 

He handed them a bag and indicated they should place the money in the bag. At one point, he grabbed one employee and held the knife to his throat causing the employee to be cut. Once he had the money, he fled the store though the front door into the night.

Police responded quickly, interviewed witnesses, collected evidence and Friday morning arrested Hernandez. After being told of his rights, Hernandez confessed to the crime to Investigator James Bond.

Bond continued the investigation recovering more evidence and most of the stolen money.

Tuesday afternoon law enforcement recovered more evidence during a search of a nearby quarry. (See photos)

Bond was set at $110,000.